Friday, July 21, 2006

The Hammerhead Sock

I had no idea that knitting a sock could lead to discussions worthy of the G8 but it has.

The truth is, until I started knitting I never paid all that much attention to my socks or anybody else's socks for that matter. A sock is a sock is a sock . . . until it's a sock that you're knitting and suddenly you're faced with more serious top level decisions than you've ever debated in your life.

I made myself a pair of Broad Ripple Socks last month and followed Rob's directions in Knitty to the letter. The socks are a delight and I'm thrilled with them.

Did I angst about the toe? No, I didn't.

Did I worry about the elasticity of the cuff? No, I didn't.

But try making a pair of socks for the man you love and suddenly--after more than thirty years of marriage--you find yourself learning things about him you not only didn't know but wouldn't have believed he actually had formed an opinion on. (Yes, I'm ending with a preposition. Forgive me.)

He doesn't like pointy-toed socks. A 16-stitch Kitchenered sock is his idea of toe prison. Who knew? We settled on a 36-stitch wide toe. The thought of Kitchenering 36 stitches (18 pairs) sent a chill down my spine but I locked myself in another room, lit a candle, and got down to it.The Kitchenering went fine. The sock fits. He loves it. But that toe! Good grief, that toe looks like a hammerhead shark. I am deeply ashamed of that toe and am not looking forward to grafting another one just like it for Sock #2.

I know, I know. You're hearing the shark theme from Jaws right about now, aren't you?

So who wins when the comfort of the recipient is at odds with the asthetic sensibilities of the knitter? The recipient every time. I mean that's the point, isn't it? These socks are supposed to make him happy.

But somehow I don't think Hammerhead Socks are going to catch on any time soon.


Originally posted to Wicked Splitty 2005


Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Well, I really like the yarn.... LOL

7:38 PM  
Blogger catmum said...

if you slip the end stitches (swap) there might be slightly less hammerhead effect ;-]
I think they are a thing of beauty. Lucky you to even get this far. I have tried several times to knit things for my freaky consort...way way too picky, nothing suits.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Catmum, I've heard about slipping the end stitches but I've never quite understood what they meant by that. Before you begin Kitchener? After you Kitchener the first two stitches? Thanks though for reminding me of the technique. I think I'll Google and see what turns up.

10:50 PM  

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